from funding increases - 7/21/06
Q: If you have received increases in funding,
what have you found to be the most difficult challenges in
dealing with the increase(s)?
California - Given that our program has
so many needs, the first challenge is determining what the
additional funds should be spent on. We try and expend the
funds in a manner in which makes the program more effective
and addresses existing and emerging problems, but at the same
time, is the easiest for us to administer given that additional
funding generally means no new staff.
What we have in place to address those challenges are the
* Because in the past we have been lucky enough to know that
we will be receiving extra funding in advance of the fiscal
year, we thoughtfully determine the priority areas that need
the additional funding. These priority areas are based on
the current data and on an ongoing strategic plan we have
in place that lists priority areas that need more funding,
that have not been addressed previously, or that are emerging
issues of promotion or marketing by the tobacco industry.
* We strategically place meetings of our Tobacco Education
and Research Oversight Committee around the release of the
January budget and the May Revised budget so that we can present
to the Committee our plans to expend new funding, with full
* Because additional funding is tenuous, and often only one-time
in nature, we fortunately have multi-year spending authority,
so we can extend the life of one time funds over the course
of three years. This makes the money last much longer and
makes it more effective too in delivering programs, conducting
long term surveillance activities, etc.
Additionally, challenges exist from various constituency groups
knocking at the door and asking that their issues or populations
be funded. We feel with full disclosure that people at least
understand why we made the decisions. We have generally had
a more difficult time justifying past decisions when we have
had to make cuts (e.g., when we lost our $20 million of MSA
funding and we eliminated entire program components).
Indiana (foundation) - We use the ACTON model
that was used by the Advocacy Institute to conduct a yearly
assessment of the tobacco control movement in Indiana. It
is a version of SWOT analysis but I like it because it takes
the process one step further.
A- Advantages inside the movement
C-Challenges inside the movement
T- External threats to the movement
O-External opportunities to capitalize on
N- Next steps developed after analyzing ACTO